Jo Gane: Photographic Artist & Educator

George Shaw online talk and in-person workshop

I've been invited by the Jewellery Quarter Cemetaries Project to talk about the life of George Shaw (1817-1904) who is laid to rest in Key Hill Cemetary. 

Shaw was one of Birmingham's first photographers and a very well connected and interesting figure in Victorian Birmingham.

This talk will discuss Shaw's life and works and also new photographic artwork produced in response to Shaw's practice, using historic processes.

The talk will take place on Wednesday 21st July from 6.30 - 7.30 pm online through zoom.

Alongside this, I'll be running a hands-on workshop in the Cyanotype photographic process at Warstone Lane Cemetary on 11th August, with the opportunity for participants to make their own prints inspired by natural forms within the cemetary.

For more details and to book, please visit;


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Workshops coming in July 2021

I'm excited that workshops are starting to be able to happen again, both online and in-person and I've got several workshops planned throughout July.

Thursday July 22nd, 3pm: Cardboard Viewfinders workshop (online) with Festival of Curiosity. Physical resource packs of materials will be posted out to participants prior to the workshops. 

Friday July 23rd, 10am: Cyanotype printmaking workshop (online) with Festival of Curiosity. Physical resource packs of materials will be posted out to participants prior to the workshops. 

Monday July 26th, 11 - 1pm: Cyanotype workshop with Mothers Who Make, Coventry x Coventry Biennale at the War Memorial Park (IN PERSON!) 

Thursday 29th July 11 - 3.30pm: Pinhole Photography and Cyanotype workshops (In Person!) with B37 Project at Meriden Adventure Playground in Chelmsley Wood.

For more information and to book in for any of these please follow the links. I'm looking forward to these!

Culture on the Move Coventry

A project that I had the privilege of working on - 'Culture on the Move' produced by Imagineer in 2020 exploring the history of migration in Coventry has now been showcased online.

Pupils explored the themes of migration and identity within their home city through a series of photographic workshops where they used a variety of processes to reflect upon themselves and their futures in Coventry.

The work was originally intended to be an exhibition in March 2020, but instead has been livestreamed for an online St Patricks Day celebration in 2021.

A video of the full proceedings is available here. To view the photography work, begin watching at 59 minutes.

RPS Collodion Conference - Don't Press Print

I'm excited to be presenting a paper at the Royal Photographic Society's upcoming conference about wet plate collodion photography "Don't Press Print' on 1st and 2nd October 2020.

There is a fantastic range of experienced speakers, both historians and practitioners and I'm really honoured to be joining them. I'll be talking about how working with wet plate on a 2009 project (see Birmingham in the projects section of this site) has shaped more recent work with the Elephant Trap Camera. I'll also be sharing my thoughts about photographing with an analogue or historic process becomes a performance and feels like time-travel.

Further details of the conference and how to book can be found here.

Camera Obscura making pack for Barber@Home

I've produced a free PDF pack about how to make Camera Obscura with the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at University of Birmingham. This was made as part of their online exhibition 'Sights of Wonder' which shows images from pioneering Victorian photographer Francis Bedford's Royal Tour of Egypt, accompanying Prince Albert in 1862.

The activity includes an illustrated guide on how to make cardboard and room sized camera obscura using materials that you have around the house.

The PDF packs can be accessed here.